Ringing in the New Year with more friends and food

Happy New Year to all my beautiful readers and followers! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again — 2020 has been a really rough year for everyone, myself included. But it was a time where most of us sought refuge in the kitchen. Whether you learned to make shakshouka or whip up a…

The Pasta that Won the Clammy Awards

Usually when I have cravings, I try my best to satisfy them. Of course, it would be a lot easier if my cravings hit me during the day. It is a different story altogether when your cravings haunt you after midnight. Over the past week, I’ve had various cravings hitting me after midnight. From cantankerous…

Bubble, Bubble, Oil and Trouble…

Who loves potatoes, say, “Aye!” Well, ‘aye’ do. Whether it’s French fries, mashed potatoes, potato wedges, roast potatoes; heck, even the ones in my chicken and cabbage soup! Have you tried potato rosti? Oh, they’re delicious! Today, I’d like to pay homage to my almost-famous, golden brown, pan-fried potatoes. I say they’re almost famous because…

Super Satisfying Saltin Boca Sandwiches from Dave’s Deli

If you’re anything like me, you know all too well the consequences of first world problems. I might not live in a first world country but as a Millennial, I do face these problems from time to time. And the most common problem of all is what to eat for lunch and dinner. I rarely…

Pasta Quarantine… And Then Some

It has been 50 over days since the rest of Malaysia were told to stay safe by staying home. We all did. And then there were also those who didn’t give a shit, went out and either got arrested or got infected. Our Movement Control Order (MCO) ended last week, with a slightly relaxed version of…

When There’s a Need for Udon.

When I was young, my favourite go-to Japanese noodles was udon. I used to order the plain udon noodle bowl before graduating to beef or chicken. I remember when my mum used to lecture me about devouring a whole bowl on my own, that I wouldn’t have room in my stomach for anything else. I…

My Fuss-Free Vacation to Malacca.

They say travelling broadens the mind, nourishes the soul and heightens the senses. They also said that travelling can reduce stress because it is something we enjoy doing and an activity that doesn’t kill us like our jobs do. Except that it does drain your bank account if you don’t plan carefully. The whole of…

Hana Tei: Giving Your Tastebuds a Reason to Celebrate.

Finding a great-quality Japanese restaurant to dine at, and one that your wallet agrees with you, is quite difficult these days, what with the fluctuating petrol prices in Malaysia. Before you sigh and walk away, there is a cozy little place in Bangsar that might change your mind. Of course, do remember that anything can…

All It Takes is a Little Sushi to Get Through the Day.

There are days when things aren’t so bad. There are days when things do get rough. And then there are the days when shit hits the fan. When those days hit me, I read to take my mind off troubled times. Or I sleep it off. But sometimes those things don’t work. When they don’t,…

Killing Me Softly with Soft Serve Ice Cream.

When I think of soft serve, immediately McDonald’s comes to mind. Chocolate and plain vanilla. Were they the first to serve this? There are many independent start-ups and hipster cafes these days selling soft serve ice cream and touting them to be the best. But these delectable dairy treats cost a limb (at least RM10.00…

A Hot Bowl of Hale and Hearty Goodness.

There are the days when it rains and rains and rains. Nonstop. A torrential downpour of tears from the heavens above. It can go on for hours and hours. Sometimes, it stops as soon as it started. But most of the time, it carries on for hours on end. When it rains, it gets cold…

Kuala Lumpur: Rich, Vibrant and Colourful.

About a year ago, I submitted an article on interior home decor for Mongoose Publishing. The article was published in the Tropicana Magazine. My journey into writing leads me to various destinations that don’t seem to be a fixed trend. And then I recently wrote an article for a friend on the sights and smells…

A Double Birthday Celebration at Kim Ga Nae.

So last night my husband and I had a double celebration dinner at Kim Ga Nae, a Korean barbecue restaurant in Damansara Uptown. The dinner celebrations were in conjunction with my dad’s belated birthday (the actual day was on 29 June) as well as my aunt’s (my mum’s sister). My sister and her male companion…

There is a Time for Teetotallers Like Me.

10 months ago on August 4, 2016, I joined the company I’m currently at today in a bid to escape the humdrum of unemployment. Last year (2016), I was out of a job (and out of sorts!) for 5 months! 5 months is a long time for someone who graduated with a degree, is well-read…

Book Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

No. of pages: 284 pages Date published: 2014 by Alma Books (first published 2008) Setting: Mumbai (India), London, Lumiere and Paris (France) Original Title: The Hundred-Foot Journey Because I’ve seen the movie, I knew what the story was about. At least, the story that was told in and by the movie. So when I saw the…

I Don’t Know Many Pasta Jokes Except A Fusilli Ones.

Let’s just be clear on one thing. I didn’t invent the arrabiata pasta and neither am I a high class, five star chef who perfected it. I’m only another inhabitant on the planet who decided to play around with the recipe and improvised on the ingredients in her kitchen. Cooking isn’t one of my strongest…

Of Savoury Crepes and Matcha Desserts.

As it so happens, we do try not to go overboard with our cravings for culinary cafe cuisines, but it’s hard to avoid them at all costs when they’re everywhere! The operating hours of some cafes is the reason why we go to them in the first place. And we also have a tendency to eat when we feel…

Know the Difference: Olive Oil.

Did you know that there are two types of olive oil, and each type has its own specific purpose? One is the regular olive oil, while the other is the extra-virgin olive oil. No, I didn’t know either. Or, at least I knew the basic difference but until last night only did I realise that there…

Food Review: Portofino, Bangsar.

It was a truly enchanting and delightful dinner that I had last night with my parents, my husband, and another friend. It was my dad’s birthday yesterday, so we decided to have the celebration at Portofino, an Italian restaurant located at a corner of a row of shophouses in Lucky Garden, Bangsar. Upon entering the…

No Oven, No Problem.

When my husband and I first moved into the condo that we bought together, we were torn between getting a microwave oven, an oven, and a toaster. Should we get a microwave oven so we could have our instant meals when we’re too lazy to cook? Or should we get a toaster so we could…

Be Green, Eat Clean.

Well, being green doesn’t mean you go vegan and leave the animals alone. My definition of being green was to include as much greens as possible into your meals. Like what I did for dinner last night. We often have rubbish meals on a daily basis; meals that aren’t balanced and don’t always contain the…

My Public Holiday Shenanigans.

Weekends and public holidays are meant for our overworked minds to sleep in and wake up later than we normally do on working days. Which was what my husband and I did on Wednesday, 22 June 2016. It was yet another public holiday for Malaysians. We have so many public holidays in our calendar that…

Food Review: Epicuro Uptown.

Another weekend, another cafe. My husband and I decided to try a different one this time. We’ve been to a number of new cafes, we have a list of our favourite joints, but we still have many more to go to. So we chose Epicuro in Damansara Uptown (they happen to have another branch in…

Mmm… French Toast…

What happens when you run out of breakfast ideas? You’ve had pancakes. You’ve gobbled down all the ham sandwiches. You’ve even gone as far as to having various toppings on your oatmeal for the last three days! The last thing you want is more oatmeal. After doing a quick comb-over of your kitchen, you realised…

Food Review: Madame Waffle.

Let’s call this e-pressure. Short for internet pressure. Because I’ve seen so many photos and reviews uploaded by people on their Instagram feeds and their blogs that made it all the more tempting to try out. And I finally did last night. Madame Waffle is its name, and Belgian waffles meeting Japanese flavours is its…

My Weekend Review #1.

Here’s a roundup of how my Saturday went: Finally did my first spider plant propagation on Saturday morning. 😎😎 I snagged a bunch of spider plant blades plus the roots from the existing pot, and secured it with potting mix. It was a back-breaking and ankle-busting chore as I had to squat most of the time…